Turkish author to Dr M: Don’t insult the Jews as a whole

Turkish author to Dr M: Don’t insult the Jews as a whole

PUCHONG: Criticising Israel as a state is alright but to disparage the Jewish community as a whole is wrong, said Turkish author Mustafa Akyol in a tweet.

The renowned author was hurling brickbats on Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had defended his insults made against the Jews in a talk recently.

Mahathir added that the West practised double standards when it comes to practising free speech.

“They talk about free speech but if I can’t say (my views), then there is no free speech.

“That is why I said the Europeans have double standards. When they like something, it is free speech, but if they don’t like it, then you can’t say it. That’s wrong,” he was reported saying yesterday.

In the talk at Cambridge Union recently, Mahathir poured scorn on the Jews, saying the community was inclined towards money and do a lot of wrong things.

Mahathir also defended his views in calling the Jews ‘hook-nosed people’ in the past.

Mustafa said that if Mahathir had criticised the state of Israel for subjugating the Palestinians, he would have no objections to it.

“Israel is a state which can be criticised, even condemned like any other state. But disparaging ‘the Jews’ (or any people) is wrong,” he said.

Mustafa added that he was not denying Mahathir his right to freedom of speech but one must also be prepared to be criticised for their views.

“The latter means that people can freely speak, but others can criticise them as well,” he said.

By G Vinod

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